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Thirteen Types Of Elsewhere: Mark Fell's Favourite Albums
Wyndham Wallace , October 9th, 2014 09:14

On the eve of his appearance at Semibreve, Portugal's annual celebration of "exploratory music and digital arts", Mark Fell guides us through his most beloved releases


CTI (aka Chris & Cosey) - European Rendezvous - CTI Live 1983
This is one of the most enigmatic records I own. I can't explain why, but it just has a presence about it: maybe the cover, Cosey mid-blast on whatever brass instrument she is holding, and the commensurate atonal drone heard later; maybe the names of cities I had (at that point) never been to; maybe the deliberately (?) naïve typography. For me this record represented the allure of another world, one characterised by the incomprehensible. It totally is what it is and sprawls all over your head. For me, this record is also important because of the potentially hypothetical organisation it named: the Creative Technology Institute. I think this prompted my urge to identify possible relationships between creativity and technology. An urge I have thankfully grown out of.